In this country, only hardcore fans of Brit pop know who Robbie Williams is. He’s one of those curiosities, like David Beckham and Dannii Minogue, who are hugely famous in the UK but virtually unknown in the US. Real quick: Williams was in the boy band Take That, arguably the most successful British band since the Beatles (in Britain anyway), and had solo hits in England with “Rock DJ,” “Angels,” “Millennium,” “She’s the One,” and “Kids,” which he recorded with Kylie Minogue, Dannii’s even-more-famous sister.
Now, thanks to a documentary that aired recently on London’s Channel 4, The Truth About Take That, new information about the boy has been disseminated: He’s gay. uk.gay.com reports from the front. And the back.
Williams’ former manager Kevin Kinsella admitted that Robbie had approached him and asked for advice about his sexuality. “He said, ‘I don’t know if I’m straight or gay’ and I said, ‘Well it sounds like you are leaning towards gay but do you enjoy it?’ He said. ‘Well, yeah,'” Kinsella said on the programme. “I don’t think he is bisexual, I think he is totally gay. It was clear to me that he is gay,” he added.
So let me get this, um, straight–he’s saying he’s gay, then? This “new” information is not so new to some. Almost a year ago, gothamist.com picked up on Williams telling Access Hollywood that he found WWF star The Rock “hot.”
There are a few pop stars out there, or rock stars, whatever, that pretend to be straight, but are actually gay. I’m championing the cause for straight pop stars to act gay, or at least say gay things. I mean, I’m heterosexual and I’ve never gotten down and dirty with a man. If the fancy takes me, I probably would, but it just doesn’t.
Well, it just does now, and the boys in the head office upstairs at World of Wonder would like to bestow the prestigious Wowie, its highest honor (other than a pay raise), on the pop boy for finally coming out. Robbie Williams. You know, the guy from Take That. The English guy. Had a bunch of hits in the UK. . . .